Our internet is broken. Our digital public squares are now organised and determined by a handful of Big Tech companies. As a response, more and more initiatives towards an open and decentralised internet are emerging. In this dossier we explore whether alternative platforms can fix the internet. Lilian Stolk visits the virtual office of Andrew Lin, one of the founders of the community based platform ohyay. Margarita Osipian interviews Soyun Park, who often hacks Big Tech tools and platforms for her creative projects, and also made our image contribution. Jan Hein Hoogstad shares 10 thoughts about the future of the internet. How does the decentralised social network Mastodon work? And check out these users who are already reclaiming their power.
The Hmm is an inclusive platform for internet cultures. Through events, online editorials, expert advice, and educational programs, we reflect on people’s online behavior, the latest internet trends, and the mechanisms behind Big Tech companies and their impact on society.